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It’s Not About Convicting a Cop. It’s About Rehabbing the Police.

April 26, 2021

By Wajahat Ali

From the article: "...But, she’s Black, so she was immediately shot and killed. She’s dead, just like 20-year old Daunte Wright of Minneapolis. He was recently pulled over for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror and killed when the officer says she mistook her gun for her taser and unleashed “an accidental discharge.” Violence and unnecessary aggression seem to be accidentally discharged often against people of color.

“We use law enforcement to do the things we don't want to see, to the people we don't want to know exist,” Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Co-founder and CEO of the Center for Policing Equity, told me. “If we continue to use law enforcement to engage in low-level enforcement where they show up with badges and guns, what do you think will happen? You have introduced a gun to a traffic stop when you could have introduced a ticket in the mail. Someone bought a pack of cigarettes and sold them individually, you can send them a ticket in the mail. You don't have to choke them until they die.” That’s what happened in 2014 to Eric Garner, whose dying words were, “I can’t breathe..."

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